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So I'm getting a 128GB SSD to dual boot Win7 and Linux.

But, I'm concerned that 128GB won't be enough for both OS's. My current Win7 install is about 90GB and that's with all the games and programs I use regularly. I could probably cut off 10-15 GB of that, but that would still only leave 20-30GB of space for Linux.

I seem to remember reading that you can set up different partitions for the different mount points in Linux (like /boot, /, /etc) ahead of time. I always skip that and I just let Linux do it the way it thinks is best. Is it possible to install Linux over two HDD's?

Could I have the /boot mount on my SSD, and have the /home and others on a 500GB harddrive elsewhere?
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A standard 64-bit Windows 7 install takes roughly 20GB. Add 30GB for miscellaneous drivers, updates, and other data, which adds up to 50GB for Windows. Put all your applications and data on a separate HDD. Linux on the other hand takes 10GB (?) with another 30GB for the above. That adds up to roughly 100GB on your SSD, which is enough.

For the question regarding Linux, yes, it is possible to configure /home to be on a different drive, though it is probably an easier option to simply store all your data on a separate HDD like with your Windows install.
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I do the same thing ^

I have a OCZ 30GB SSD for windows only. Then I have a 750GB Caviar Black for my games and programs. Then I have a Caviar blue 1TB for music and movies and stuff.
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I have a 32GB SSD with windows, and drivers. I still have 10GB of space left.. With disable hibernation and page file etc.. this will give you enough room for Linux.

Then I have all my games and programs on my F3 Raid and Media on my 2TB drive.

Here is the guide that I used on OCN to help set it up.
http://www.overclock.net/ssd/664738-...secondary.html

Good luck and if you need any help you can PM me!
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A standard 64-bit Windows 7 install takes roughly 20GB. Add 30GB for miscellaneous drivers, updates, and other data, which adds up to 50GB for Windows. Put all your applications and data on a separate HDD. Linux on the other hand takes 10GB (?) with another 30GB for the above. That adds up to roughly 100GB on your SSD, which is enough.

For the question regarding Linux, yes, it is possible to configure /home to be on a different drive, though it is probably an easier option to simply store all your data on a separate HDD like with your Windows install.
My current Win7 install is 90GB. And it's a couple days old. That is the basics of what I need. Adobe Suite, the games I play regularly, Office programs, Drivers. There are some programs in Adobe I don't use so I could shave a couple Gigs there. And I could probably uninstall a couple games that I only play occassionally. I think I could get my Win7 down to 75GB.

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I do the same thing ^

I have a OCZ 30GB SSD for windows only. Then I have a 750GB Caviar Black for my games and programs. Then I have a Caviar blue 1TB for music and movies and stuff.
Right, I get that, but I want all my programs on the SSD. I'd like for Photoshop to open in 3 seconds as opposed to 15


Maybe I'll just keep Linux on a 500GB 7200RPM. That's where it is now, and it is fast enough. That's probably what I'll do.
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My current Win7 install is 90GB. And it's a couple days old. That is the basics of what I need. Adobe Suite, the games I play regularly, Office programs, Drivers.
With the current technology of SSDs, this isn't necessarily a...cost-efficient approach. The best idea is to put all those (except drivers) on a separate data/applications drive.

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Right, I get that, but I want all my programs on the SSD. I'd like for Photoshop to open in 3 seconds as opposed to 15
I'd avoid putting applications on an SSD in general. Over time, the boot time just isn't important anymore...
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Originally Posted by kiwiasian View Post
A standard 64-bit Windows 7 install takes roughly 20GB. Add 30GB for miscellaneous drivers, updates, and other data, which adds up to 50GB for Windows. Put all your applications and data on a separate HDD. Linux on the other hand takes 10GB (?) with another 30GB for the above. That adds up to roughly 100GB on your SSD, which is enough.

For the question regarding Linux, yes, it is possible to configure /home to be on a different drive, though it is probably an easier option to simply store all your data on a separate HDD like with your Windows install.
A standard install of W7 is around 15GB with all the updates and drivers while excluding hibernation and paging file. Most daily applications are not that big and can be installed on the SSD. The except of course are games with textures and music files.

Office is 4GB.
Firefox 35MB.
Media players are less than 1GB.
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A standard install of W7 is around 15GB with all the updates and drivers while excluding hibernation and paging file. Most daily applications are not that big and can be installed on the SSD. The except of course are games with textures and music files.

Office is 4GB.
Firefox 35MB.
Media players are less than 1GB.
So installing games on SSD is a bad idea? I like the idea of loading new maps in 1/4 the time :/
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So installing games on SSD is a bad idea? I like the idea of loading new maps in 1/4 the time :/

No, they just take up a lot of space.
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So installing games on SSD is a bad idea? I like the idea of loading new maps in 1/4 the time :/
Yes it is a bad idea because they take up a ridiculous amount of space.
It's not going to load that much faster in the end after the loading screen and loading the actual game etc...
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